Paul Janning assists Mary Ann Harmon with finishing touches on a globe as part of a centerpiece. The centerpiece and others like those on the table will be on sale during the 10th annual Christmas Bazaar.
A few volunteers prepare wooden penguins with Wapakoneta Redskins and Ohio State Buckeyes written on them while another group of volunteers put some finishing touches on center pieces with candles and globes.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church Sewing Club is preparing for this year’s Christmas Bazaar to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.
“We have a forest of trees and a slew of sleighs for sale,” Charlene Smith, a member of the Sewing Club, said. “We have things starting as low as a dollar while the most expensive thing is priced at $30. We have real fair pricing on the items. We have items that are great for decorating a home for the holidays.”
The club members have made wooden penguins with stakes for the yard and lighted bottles with football team logos or John Deere as well as wreaths, sleds, center pieces and baskets for this year’s 10th annual event.
The proceeds from the event are used to help support the Fourth of July Festival, sponsored by the church.
Approximately 30 people from the church help throughout the year.
Smith said they start making items for the Christmas Bazaar after Labor Day and for the Fourth of July Festival after New Year’s Day.
“This is something I do to give of my time to help the church,” Joanne Reeder said. “I also do it for the fellowship. I love coming to the church and spending time with people.”
Sonya Opperman, one of the newer members, said volunteering is a character trait in her instilled by her parents.
“I love giving to the church and giving to the community,” Opperman said. “I think that comes from being a Catholic and from my parents.
“Plus, we have a very good time in each other’s company,” she said. “I get to see the seniors and other members and of the church and I get the chance to spend time with others.”